Obama Admin to Blame for HealthCare.gov Woes, $840M Cost: GAO

Obamacare’s balky federal website was doomed last fall by poor management within the Obama administration, cost overruns and shifting deadlines and requirements, government investigators say in a report for Congress.

The Government Accountability Office will release its findings Thursday, but prepared testimony delves into concerns the administration had with the federal health exchange’s lead contractor and the chain of command leading up to the website’s launch in October.

HealthCare.gov linked residents of 36 states with health coverage options during the Affordable Care Act’s first enrollment period from October to mid-April.

But it nearly choked off Obamacare in its infancy when it succumbed to technical problems last fall, prompting fingerprinting between the administration and lead contractor CGI Federal amid a desperate rescue effort that paid off by December.

The GAO said most of the blame lies with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ failure to maintain control of the project.